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Brussels Airport (BRU)

Brussels Airport (IATA: BRU, ICAO: EBBR) (also called Brussel-Nationaal / Bruxelles-National (Brussels-National) or Zaventem) is an international airport 6.5 NM (12.0 km; 7.5 mi) northeast of Brussels, the capital of Belgium. In 2015, more than 23 million passengers arrived or departed at Brussels Airport, making it the 21st busiest airport in Europe. It is located partially in Zaventem, partially in the Diegem area of Machelen, and partially in Steenokkerzeel, in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is home to around 260 companies, together directly employing 20,000 people and serves as the home base for Brussels Airlines, TUIfly Belgium and Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium.

The company operating the airport is known as The Brussels Airport Company N.V./S.A.; before 19 October 2006, the name was BIAC (Brussels International Airport Company), which was created by Belgian law through a merger of BATC with the ground operations departments of the RLW/RVA. Since 2011, the airport has been owned by the Toronto-based Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (39%), Macquarie Group (Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund I and Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund III) (36%) and the Belgian State (25%).

On 22 March 2016 the airport’s departures hall was severely damaged by the two terrorist bomb blasts. The airport was closed until 3 April 2016, when it reopened with temporary facilities at less than 20% of its previous capacity. It has since returned to full operations, with a record of 90,000 passengers on 29 July 2016.

First trambus in Belgium makes maiden trip at Brussels Airport

Flemish Minister for Mobility Ben Weyts, De Lijn and Brussels Airport have presented the country’s first ‘trambus’, which derives its name from the unique...

Expansion of car park P3 at Brussels Airport with 2,088 parking spaces

Alternative entry and exit routes to and from the parking building Brussels Airport and Interparking have commenced work on adding 2,088 parking spaces to car...

Germanwings to operate flights for Brussels Airlines between July and October

Germanwings will operate twice-daily flights between Hamburg and Brussels under an ACMI agreement (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) for Brussels Airlines from 26 June to...

Consequences of the closure of Belgian airspace last night: About 50 flights impacted at Liege Airport, less at other airports

The interruption of air traffic from midnight to 06:00, due to a lack of staff at Belgian air navigation service provider Skeyes, impacted about...

Staff shortage at Skeyes: Belgian air traffic again halted this night from 00:00 to 06:00

Usually, we do no longer report on the numerous air traffic limitations in Belgian skies, mainly during the night, because it would be an...

SAS launches winter route between Brussels and Tromsø in northern Norway in January 2020

SAS Scandinavian Airlines opens a new non-stop route between Brussels and Tromsø, in the very north of Norway, on 18 January 2020. The flights are...

Nearly 2 million passengers at Brussels Airport in March (+1.9%)

In March 2019, Brussels Airport welcomed just under 2 million passengers, i.e. a 1.9% rise, up from March 2018. If it had not been...

British Airways flight between London Gatwick and Salzburg diverts to Brussels after smoke in the cockpit

On 11 April, a British Airways Airbus A319 (G-DBCG) operating flight BA2652 between London Gatwick to Salzburg diverted to Brussels Airport. Pilots reported smoke...

Bangkok bound Thai Airways Airbus A350 returns to Brussels

A Thai Airways Airbus A350 (reg. HS-THL) operating flight TG935 to Bangkok was forced to return to Brussels after a computer glitch. 闵魁偲 (Twitter @cmiller11101),...

Compressor engine stall on Kalitta Air Boeing 747 cargo that departed from Brussels Airport

On 29 March, a Kalitta Air Boeing 747 (N740CK) departed Brussels Airport for a cargo flight towards Cincinatti, U.S. About two minutes after take-off,...

Air traffic at Brussels Airport heavily disrupted due to industrial actions of air traffic controllers

Passengers travelling through Belgian airports were up for another day of patience, delayed and cancelled flights today (28 March) after a strike of the...

[PICS] dnata expands into Belgium with the opening of a state-of-the-art cargo facility at Brussels Airport

dnata (Dubai National Air Transport Association), one of the world’s largest air services providers, continues to increase its global footprint and launches operations in...

Three destinations resumed at Brussels Airport this summer: Pisa, Amman, Puerto Plata

The 31st of March will see the official start of the summer season at Brussels Airport. A season that looks set to be busy...

Another day of disruptions at Belgian Airports, today (27 March)

Today Wednesday 27 March, passengers traveling via Belgian airports can expect disturbances.  First, due to industrial actions at Belgian air traffic control company skeyes traffic...

Brussels Airport welcomes Loganair

Brussels Airport welcomed the first flight of Scottish airline Loganair today, 25 March 2019. The airline is flying twice per day from Newcastle to...

Air traffic controllers’ strike in Belgium on Monday (25 March); new disturbances expected

Passengers travelling through Belgian airports are up for another day of social actions on Monday (25 March) as union ACV-Transcom, representing part of the...

RwandAir strengthens Brussels and London routes during summer

This summer, RwandAir will offer five flights a week between Kigali, Brussels and London Gatwick, its only two destinations in Europe. From July 5 to...

Belgium commemorates the third anniversary of the terror attacks

Exactly three years ago, two suicide bombers, carrying explosives in large suitcases, attacked a departure hall at Brussels Airport in Zaventem. The first explosion...

Air traffic controllers’ strike in Belgium means disturbances and cancellations at several airports in the country

The grumbling movement of the Belgian air traffic controllers continues Thursday morning with occasional traffic interruptions in several airports in the country. "Actions take...

Brussels Airport presents its annual BRUcargo Award to WFS for its service quality, support of community projects and growth

Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has become the first handler to win the BRUcargo Award, presented annually by Brussels Airport Company to recognise and incentivise...